Saturday, May 12, 2012
Daddy issues are everywhere, it seems almost impossible to watch a movie, read a book, play a game, or enjoy a TV show without seeing a main character with serious daddy issues. Either the father is not there, is a total douche, or some other issue...and frankly I am sick to death of it. I know so many people that have problems with their father (my crippling daddy issues are included in this) that our cultures current entertainment obsession with it feels like pouring salt on a wound. Thanks movie, book, show, or game...I really wanted to be reminded of my patriarchal baggage while interacting with you.
And that brings us to Asura's Wrath. The titular Asura (and his wrath) are focused on one thing: rescuing his daughter Mithra. First off, Mithra is not a baby...she is a healthy 14 year old girl (though since this is anime style she looks 16 but could be anywhere from 12-20, luckily the game makes this clear) and Asura is not a crotchety old guy (divinity aside) he looks like he could be in his 20s...We have a story where the protagonist and his object of rescue could very easily be in a romantic relationship, in fact most stories do decide to go this route and it was so refreshing to see it be a father rescuing his daughter. Woohoo! Not every story needs a romantic-forced in their to appeal to a target demographic-subplot.
The next point is Asura as a father. He is an angry, Gohma killing machine, who will stop at NOTHING to save his daughter. We have a loving and extremely devoted father who...wait for it...is a good father. It is not his fault his daughter is in the position she is in, he did not abandon her or abuse her. True in the flashback scenes and other scenes of Asura interacting with Mithra he seems awkward and not sure to do with this tiny baby (a fair response considering he has six arms that are capable of punching things into low earth orbit) but you never doubt that he loves his daughter.
Media! I want to see more of this! Stories that remind people that not all fathers are ass hats. Show the people who have had bad fathers that not all daddies are like that and that is not the way they are expected to act.